Franc D'Ambrosio, The Painter at ArtHaus in San Francisco
There's a wonderful gallery in San Francisco, ArtHaus, with a fabulous philosophy when it comes to their color choices. If you think they must just paint it all white because it's a gallery, you couldn't be more colorfully wrong!
James Bacchi and Annette Schutz, gallerists and owners of ArtHaus, shared with me the colorful interior choices they always embrace. The current show which just opened today is no exception.
Franc D'Ambrosio, The Painter highlights the work of the named artist who is very well known on stage and on the screen already. Francis Ford Coppola is a fan. He cast him as Anthony Corleone (the opera singing son of Al Pacino's character) in "Godfather III". Franc went on to the stage as the lead role in Phantom of the Opera. He is known as the "Iron Man of the Mask" and is touted as the world's longest running Phantom.
When it comes to being a painter, he says "I began painting exactly the same way I began singing. One day I didn't do it, and the next day I did. The act of painting rose from a very spiritual time for me, and I cherish this gift. I paint just as I strive to live: Fearlessly."
The gallery chose colors inspired by his work and the changing of the seasons. Their paint of choice is Benjamin Moore. A gallery that uses such vivid colors as Festive Orange, by definition, needs walls that are durable, quickly painted, and that will mirror the quality of the art on the walls!
I'll be at a celebration for Franc in a few weeks and can't wait to see the art and the space in person. If you're in San Francisco, take advantage of this unique show and a very unique gallery, ArtHaus.
Colors for this show are incredible and I hear they played with satin finishes, too. I can't wait to see them and Franc's work in person!
And the locals are loving this contemporary approach to gallery space in SoMa. They were voted best gallery for 2010 by BayList